British Columbia Employer Advisor Blog: Month in Review

WorkSafeBC Approves New Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policies
By Christopher McHardy on April 26th, 2013

WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors has just published 3 new Occupational Health and Safety policies concerning workplace bullying and harassment. The following new policies take effect on November 1, 2013: · Employer Duties – Workplace Bullying and Harassment – D3-115-2; · Worker Duties – Workplace Bullying and Harassment – D3-116-1; and · Supervisor Duties – Workplace Bullying ...

Bullying and Harassment, or Not – Time to Step Back and Consider
By Earl Phillips on April 25th, 2013

Tragic cases and more mundane legislative changes have everyone talking about bullying and harassment. For employers it is necessary to take a step back and consider what is not workplace bullying and harassment. In BC in particular, with the advent of the new mental disorder provisions of the Workers Compensation Act, there has been a surge ...

More Punitive Damages
By Paige Morrow on April 22nd, 2013

Another BC employer has been hit with punitive damages. There have been cases where flawed investigations have led to punitive damages and there have been jury awards for bad employer conduct. Now another BC Supreme Court case - Kelly v. Norsemont ...

Employee or Independent Contractor? – The Best Intentions May Mean Nothing
By Earl Phillips on April 16th, 2013

How can you be sure the independent contractor you have retained will not be considered an employee? In a post last year we outlined the importance of the distinction, the consequences if you get it wrong, and the four tests that are typically applied. We concluded the four tests boiled down to this question: Is the person …